I know people ask this question all the time and most of the answers are based on user preference. I am a PC guy that currently owns a $300 cheapo Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM laptop running Vista. Only had it a year and the battery already no longer holds a charge, so yes it's crap. I've wanted a Mac for years and really like the all metal unibody design of the new Macbook Pro's. And while I prefer the speed of the 15" Macbooks, I don't like their high price tag. It's been the prices that have kept me away from buying a Mac in the first place. But I have been thinking more about it and realize Apple computers are just built much better. Sometimes you have to look beyond the specs. But I think to keep the initial cost down I might go with an entry level 13" Macbook Pro, adding more RAM and a bigger hard drive later. I have used a friends white Macbook and really liked how solid it felt for a plastic laptop. So Amazon has the 13" Macbook Pro for $1149 with free shipping and no state tax. The Apple online store has refurbished ones for less money, but when you add in the state sales tax it's pretty close to the Amazon new price. Or I could spend a little more and go with a nice 15" Macbook, for the speed increase. I won't be doing gaming on it, but still think faster is always better because it extends its useful life. Just now sure if I want the larger form factor. I am not interested in the 17" Macbook Pro at all. I hope to get an iMac down the road as well. I'd like a Macbook Air but the speed is to slow in my opinion for the price. Another option would be to get an iPad instead, to save some money. Most of what I would be doing is email, Internet surfing and movie watching. I like the touch screen feel of using an iPad. Very confused right now on what to get.